On a wet Tuesday morning (13th Nov 2012) three of us, and a dog, set off from Rhyd y Groes past the vicarage and up Lon Rallt. Just after turning left onto Sling Lane (Clwt Rhywiog) we stopped to have a look at the group of Iron Age circular huts in the compund in the field to the west. Then onwards to Carreg Fedwen, latterly the home of the tree fern surgery. There are still some large tree ferns planted in the grounds, giving the place a primitive feel. The path from here is very wet and muddy, but we carried on into the forestry, taking the sheltered, secluded path up to join the path that leads around Moel y Ci.
After a short breather, we carried on towards Rhiwlas, but shortly turned sharp right down the bridleway, which becomes the top of Lon Rallt at Rallt Uchaf. Behind the picturesque cottage of Rallt there’s an old cockpit, where, allegedly, the local farm labourers and quarrymen would come to bet on cock fights during the nineteenth century, and perhaps earlier. We then proceeded down the hill, past Rallt Isaf and eventually back to Rhyd y Groes.
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